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Joseph Warren Lovell Jr.

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Joseph Warren Lovell, Jr., 93, died peacefully at home on November 8th 2018 surrounded by his wife and family. Joe was a family man. He was a devoted husband, father and was a pillar of faith. His devotion to God and to his Lord Jesus was exemplified by his service to the community and to his church. He was always giving to others and extremely generous with his time. He was also kind, gentle and selfless. You could not sit down with Joe without hearing his warm laugh and experience his great sense of humor. He was greatly loved by all his family and friends, and will be deeply missed by all that knew him. Joe was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the eldest son of J. Warren and Hazel Wheeler Lovell. He grew up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island graduating from Pawtucket West High School where he earned his letter in swimming and tennis and was active on the school newspaper. In the middle of his senior year he was accepted at Brown University and attended for 1 semester before being accepted in the Navy V-12 Officer Training Program, and sent to Dartmouth College. After completing Midshipman's School in Chicago, he was assigned as a Officer on the Light Cruiser New Amsterdam serving in the Pacific during WW II. He was later transferred to the Orca as Communications Officer until his release in 1946. Returning to Dartmouth, he completed requirements for a degree in English in 1947. In 1949 he received a Master's Degree in Journalism from Boston University and began work as an editor for John Hancock Insurance Company Publications. While in Boston he met his future wife Theo Ethel Cox, and they were married in 1949 and have been happily married for 69 years. The couple had four children, Stephen Warren (Jan Santo), Paul Geoffrey (Lori Clark), Jane (Al Caprara) and David Jonathan (Pamela Otero). In addition to his wife and four children, Joe is survived by his brother, John P. (Bud) Lovell III, together with 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. In 1951, Joe accepted a position in General Electric Advertising Department and was assigned to West Lynn Meter and Instrument Department, while they lived in Marblehead, Ma. Later he was transferred to Schenectady where he served as a copywriter, Account Supervisor, Manager of Publication Distribution, Manager of Exhibit's and Manager of Advertising Personnel Development. He received General Electric's Gerald L. Phillippi Award for Outstanding Leadership in the field of Public Service in 1973. Upon his retirement from General Electric, Joe became the General Manager of the Northway Automobile Club and Dorp Travel Agency where Joe and Theo traveled the world extensively. Following retirement from the Auto Club / travel agency, Joe joined his wife Theo, supporting her family business, Salt Box Estate Sales, where they worked together for over 25 years until well into their 80's. For many years Joe met and greeted thousands of customers with a warm smile that made everyone feel welcome. Throughout his many years in Schenectady Joe has been deeply dedicated to his community, having served as Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 18 through which he received the National Council Silver Beaver Award in 1977 for distinguished service to youth. Spanning several decades, he was deacon, elder and trustee at Union Presbyterian Church. He also chaired the public relationship committee for the 1974 United Way fund drive and headed the Christmas drive for the Schenectady Salvation Army where he has been a long time advisory board member. In 2002 Joe was named Rotarian of the Year by the Schenectady Rotary Club and in 2005 in recognition of 30 years of unparalleled service including unwavering work as club secretary, he received Rotary International Commitment to Service Award. Memorial Service will be held on Saturday November 17, 2018 at First Reformed Church, 8 North Church St, Schenectady New York at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe's name to the Salvation Army of Schenectady at 222 Lafayette St, Schenectady NY 12305, or First Reformed Church.
Published in The Daily Gazette from Nov. 11 to Nov. 15, 2018
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